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Huaraz, located 415 kms north of Peru's capital Lima, is an outdoor lover's paradise. There are dozens of hiking and mountain bike trails.

It is an alpine climbing mecca with thousands of people coming here each year to complete epic tours up the Andes.

There are plenty of alpine climbing stores and there are some sport climbing stores scattered amongst them. The town center is the best place to find these stores

Getting there

There are night busses running from Lima everyday from most bus companies. The cost is between 70-135 PEN (sols) (26-46 USD). The three main bus companies are Cial: Chepest of the lot, however the 9 hour night ride is still very manageable. Movil Tours: Mid range Cruz Del Sur: Top of the line, however the 21:00-06:00 travel time brings very little advantage over Cial.

Where to stay

There are loads of hostels for all budgets. I can highly recommend Olaza. It is a mid range hostel costing 100 Sols per night per room. It is very very clean, well run, breakfast (with massive pot of coffe), hot water with great pressure located about 15min walk from the town center.


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FA: G Apotheloz, D Bach, A Besanges, G de Rham, J Fatton & S Jaquet, 1963

FA: C Kogan, G Kogan, R Ceninger & M Lenoir, 1951


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